Enough of my tales of what we did in Andamans, I thought to pen down a list of Good & Not-so-Good things about Andaman Islands that we generally do not find from people’s experience. We tend to always talk about the beauty, weather, basically trip related things and often forget to know about REAL deals about a destination. So here are my thoughts. Lets begin with the GOOD 🙂
- Andaman Islands is a beautiful group of islands with very beautiful clean beaches, great for holidays especially honeymoons and romantic getaways. Majority of tourists were couples, half of them being newly married.
- Hub for most water sports like snorkelling, scuba diving, sea walk, speed boat rides, jet ski, glass bottom boats, banana rides etc.
- Zero to no fear of theft/loss of belongings. Andaman people are honest, helpful and very friendly. Also, this place has less traffic and people take traffic rules very seriously.
- to my biggest surprise, the food was really good; whether it is South Indian, North Indian or Sea food, its simply yumm… even at street restaurants.
- Andamans is an experience of a different world especially if you belong to busy cities like Delhi, Mumbai etc. The islands are very calm and slow paced. Nobody disturbs anyone there. You get close to the nature and can barely miss the opportunity of listening to the sea waves, chirping of birds and the rain drops.
Well, now the Not-so-Good things –
- Limited phone network connectivity. Mainly BSNL works in Andaman Islands. Airtel works too but its connectivity is very limited. Nope, no JIO there as yet, Sorry! 😀
- No internet/Wi-Fi in the hotel rooms. No to barely there access to the internet. The internet works only in the hotel lobby or may be a few restaurants outside; only if you are lucky!
- No five star brand hotels or resorts. Yes; they do have some great resorts but its a gamble based on luck to pick the right one just by seeing pictures through online booking. Thus, no good hotels as per the city standards.
- Monopoly of transportation especially on smaller islands.
- Connectivity problem. One can reach Andaman Islands only through flights and ferries that too only via Kolkatta or Chennai. No direct flight from Delhi.
What can be more fun than celebrating your first wedding anniversary at a beautiful, serene & romantic place like a beach side. I & my husband celebrated our first anniversary holidaying for four nights and five days at the beautiful Andaman Islands; starting with the capital city, Port Blair.
I and my husband initially decided to take honeymoon package for our trip. But we are too moody to follow timely rules and regulations that come along when traveling in groups. So we dropped the idea and decided to go ahead by ourselves.
We took an early morning flight from Delhi and via Kolkata, we reached Port Blair at around 10:30 am. This is where my first and biggest shock came along. My JIO sim had no network. My husband’s Airtel was working just fine. I felt cheated and betrayed by Reliance. 😀 I kept thinking of buying a new SIM all the way to the hotel but kept it inside me. No; I didn’t share it with my husband thinking I will accommodate with Wi-Fi internet connection at the hotel (after all we were there on vacations). I convinced myself by by questioning who would I want to call when I have my better half with me?!
We reached our hotel and within 15 minutes upon arrival in Andamans my heart broke twice. This time all my plans of accessing Wi-Fi were crushed as there is no internet access in the rooms. One has to go in the hotel lobby to connect to the poor, tired Wi-Fi with almost 2G-like speed being shared by internet craved souls sitting in the lobby waiting for internet to connect.
I was also upset with all the bloggers whose posts I had read about the beautiful Andamans and all the amazing things to do here. Nobody wrote about this internet problem. Why? Why would you do that? Come on.. we all need internet to update Instagram stories and Whatsapp statuses, don’t we? Jokes apart, my husband faced serious issues accessing his important emails. Now, that’s important stuff.
Anyways, enough of my disappointing story. Upon my husband’s encouraging words and my determination to stay phone-free till our trip. I accepted the challenge and began our vacations with Day 1 at Port Blair with Cellular Jail being our first stop along with a little bit of sight-seeing through the city.
Top & Sunglasses – Forever21
Denims – Zara
Blazer – H&M
Sneakers – Dorothy Perkins